A STRESS-FREE Robbie Farr is breathing easier as the reigning South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic champion.
Farr, an Australian sprintcar legend, added a classic crown to his decorated resume after three decades trying last year.
With "the monkey off my back", the 46-year-old said he was feeling more relaxed heading into Friday night's qualifying.
"We've had a reasonably good year so far and I'm feeling a lot more relaxed than usual," Farr said.
"Knowing how hard it is to win, I guess I have a little more of a carefree attitude and I'm looking forward to enjoying it.
"The monkey is off the back and it feels like there's less pressure, but there's definitely still that will to win. It's such a big race so that's never off the table."
Farr said the quality of competition meant motivation was never lacking leading into the race.
"There are some pretty elite gallopers. I know how tough it is to beat that quality of competition," he said.
"I think internally you know that you have to be on point."
But Farr's preparation won't be without some butterflies. The Gold Coast speedster's crew chief, awaiting the birth of his child, could be absent for the three-night event.
"We've had that similar form to last year. But we don't race (at Premier Speedway) that often," he said.
"My crew chief could be off which does throw a bit of a spanner in the works.
"We're hoping his baby arrives beforehand."
Farr raced Avalon on Wednesday and Mount Gambier on Thursday as preparation for Premier Speedway.
He relished the chance to spend maximum time behind the wheel.
"We've had some big nights. We'll have the Saturday off. It's a lot of racing but it's good to be busy," he said.
"For me, it's a lot better to race more often. I know a lot of teams have a favourite car that they like to save for the classic but I don't get attached to equipment.
"I think the more you're racing, the better you'll be."